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Wangaratta, Victoria

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Aerial view from the south-east, Hume Freeway bypass at bottom, rivers to the right
Population: 16,845 (2006)[1]
Time zone:

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Location: 230 km (143 mi) from Melbourne
LGA: Rural City of Wangaratta
County: Moira, Delatite, Bogong
State District: Murray Valley
Federal Division: Indi

Wangaratta is a city of almost 17,000 people in the northeast of Victoria, Australia. It is about 230 km (140 mi) from Melbourne along the Hume Highway. The city of Benalla 45 km (28 mi) is to the south west, and Albury and Wodonga 72 km (45 mi) to the north east. The Ovens and King Rivers which flow from the Victorian Alps meet at Wangaratta. It is in the local government area of the Rural City of Wangaratta.


Gold was found in the area during the 1850s. A Post Office opened on 1 February 1843, as Ovens, and moved to the town and was renamed Wangaratta in 1854. The Ovens office, and the Kilmore office which opened the same day, were the fifth and sixth to open in the Port Phillip District (Victoria). They were also the first two inland offices.[2]

The small town of Glenrowan about 10 km away is known as the site of the final shootout that led to the capture of Australia's most famous bushranger, Ned Kelly.